Happy Friday my glorious ONEin3ers, I hope you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. This week on “Fun Fact Friday” we are going with a wishful thinking route.
I am convinced January is the worst month of the year in Boston so I think we can’t help but look forward to spring. Like many Bostonians, I am a Red Sox fan. So like most, I think one of the best things about spring is opening day at Fenway.
This year the Red Sox take the field on April 4th, which is far from meaning that warmth as graced the city with its presence, but yet, still a sign of good things to come. So in celebration of wishful forward thinking we are giving you wonderful facts about the Red Sox and Fenway Park:
- Prior to 1912, the Red Sox played their home games at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now part of Northeastern University
- Constructed for the 1912 season, the new ballpark was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor because it was built in an area of Boston known as the Fens. As Taylor said, “It’s in that section of Boston, isn’t it? Then call it Fenway Park.”
- The biggest baseball crowd at Fenway ever was 47,627 for a Yankees doubleheader on September 22, 1935.
- From 1912 to 1933, there was a 10-foot-high mound that formed an incline in front of the left field wall at Fenway park, extending from the left-field foul pole to the centerfield flagpole. As a result of the mound, a left fielder in Fenway Park had to play the entire territory running uphill. Boston’s first star left fielder, Duffy Lewis, mastered the skill so well that the area became known as Duffy’s Cliff.
- No player has ever hit a home run over the right-field roof at Fenway Park.
- The screen behind Fenway’s home plate that protects fans and allows foul balls to roll back down onto the field was the first of its kind in the Major Leagues.
Okay…some of these fun fact I already knew and some I didn’t. How many did you know? Anymore more facts you want to share with the amazing ONEin3 community??
Have a great weekend! See you on Monday for another edition of “Mo’ Money Monday.”
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